ICE: Man arrested for manslaughter fled to Mexico after Portland jail did not honor hold request

A Mexican man who fled south of the United States border to avoid being tried on manslaughter charges was released by police in Portland, Oregon, despite federal immigration officers asking he be held.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a Tuesday statement that the Washington County Sheriff’s Department ignored its August request to hold Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez until its officers could show up and take him into federal custody, according to the agency. As a result, ICE said the man was released from the local jail and able to flee the country without going on trial for felony and misdemeanor charges in the July traffic-related death of a local woman.

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